Glimpses of the Wonderful (Christmas Annual)

NY: Wiley & Putnam, 1846. First Square small 8vo. in blue cloth, blindstamped and with gilt decorations front cover and spine. 175 pps. with engraved title page and frontis plus numerous additional full page engravings. A Christmas Annual or "gift book" for young people with chapters on natural and man-made wonders of the world (no actual Christmas material). Interesting chapter on "The Railway and the Steamboat" with three plates including one each of a cross-section of a locomotive and a steamboat. Very good, boards a bit wavy but all gilt quite clear; gift inscr. from a mother to her son dated Dec. 25, 1865 on the first blank; additional contemporary own. name and address front pastedown. Hard Cover (Item ID: E4985)


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